The very first appearance of Desmond Llewelyn as Q.
This film and its title are so well known that variations on the title are common as newspaper headlines for articles to do with Russia. A London exhibition of pre-Red October Russian art, sponsored by the Russian government, couldn't resist a gag, calling itself From Russia.The movie is typically considered one of the best, if not the best of the Bond franchise. One filmmaker notes that almost every Bond movie production starts out trying to make the next From Russia with Love and ends up being the next Thunderball.Over 40 years later the film was adapted into a video game for 6th-generation consoles, 007: From Russia with Love, with Sean Connery reprising his iconic role for the first time in decades.Fun fact: Connery cites From Russia With Love as his personal favorite of the Bond films he made.
Adaptation Name Change: The "SPEKTOR" cryptography machine from the novel becomes the "LEKTOR" in the film, probably to avoid confusion with the villainous organization "Spectre."
Armed Legs: Rosa Klebb has poisoned blades contained in her shoes.
Artistic License - History: In the original novel, Fleming claims that SMERSH was a Soviet intelligence operation, derived from the Russian "Smert' Sphionam", or "Death to Spies." To this extent, he's telling the truth. He, however, goes on to state that SMERSH was still a functioning department of the Soviet intelligence apparatus and gives the agency's address. In reality... SMERSH was an ad-hoc formation within the NKVD that was active from around 1943 until 1946 and concerned itself with internal policing, including the arrest or killing of deserters and ferreting out spies inside Soviet-controlled territory. After World War II it was quietly disbanded, and at any rate probably operated out of The Lubiyanka as did the rest of the NKVD.
Batman Gambit: Bond plays on Grant's greed and suspicion to get him to open the booby-trapped case. The bribe gets him interested, but when Bond too-quickly grabs the second suitcase, Grant insists on opening it himself in case there's a weapon there.
Belly Dancer: In the gypsy camp, as well as the opening credits.
Bigger Bad: Blofeld is this here. He's not directly active in the plot this time, but it's clear that him and the rest of SPECTRE are a much bigger threat that Bond will have to face in the future.
Blatant Lies: Bond tells Moneypenny he'd never look at another woman.
Blofeld Ploy: Trope namer and codifier, all in one convenient package. Also an Unbuilt Trope — like all examples actually featuring Blofeld, he kills the man he actually thinks is responsible for the mess. He is wrong, since it was Klebb's man Red Grant who actually stuffed things up, but a) Neither he, Klebb or Kronsteen knew that, b) That was still more Grant's fault personally than Klebb's, and c) Kronsteen was being an ass. Also deviates from the usual in that it's Morzeny who executes Kronsteen, on Blofeld's (implied) orders.
Grant led to this trope being used over and over again in the Bond series in the form of the muscular blonde brute henchman.
Bond One-Liner: "She should have kept her mouth shut"; "She's had her kicks."
There's also "I'd say one of their aircraft is missing", which for younger viewers falls almost nonsensically flat, but it's a reference to One of Our Aircraft Is Missing, or at least to the wartime phrase it's based on. It was still a relevant and clever reference in 1963, and that was the target audience.
In the train after telling 'Nash' (really Red Grant) and Tatiana to go to dinner, Bond searches Nash's things which includes his briefcase (with Bond carefully opening it the same way Q instructed at the beginning of the film, indicating the briefcase is the same as Bond's own). Later on when he has Bond at gunpoint, Grant forces Bond to open up his own briefcase to retrieve the gold sovereigns he offered (which Bond does without incident). Then Grant asks about the 'other' case ...
The lethal effects of the shoe knife are first demonstrated on Kronsteen, so the audience knows what will happen if Klebb lands a kick on Bond.
Blofeld: Twelve seconds. One day we must devise a faster-acting venom.
Sylvia Trench reappears, once again denied a romance with Bond as he's called away on a mission. This was meant to be a Running Gag throughout the series, but the character was dropped after this film. One could argue that Moneypenny played out that gag, in her own way.
Grant: I don't mind talking. I get a kick out of watching the great James Bond find out what a bloody fool he's been making of himself.
Evil Lesbian: Rosa Klebb in the book, and implied in the movie when she caresses Tatiana's hair while saying "a labour of love".
The Faceless: Blofeld. According to Lucky Number Slevin, this is what makes him the best Blofeld - "That's when the villain is most effective - when you don't know what he looks like." The credits even refuse to tell us the actor's name, and simply feature a question mark. For the record, the body is Anthony Dawson (Professor Dent from the previous film) and the voice was Eric Pohlmann.
False Flag Operation: Formerly SPECTRE's specialty. They pretend to be the KGB to steal the Lektor and destroy Bond.
They perform one as the British early in the film, killing one of the Bulgarian drivers who work for the Soviets. This causes the Soviets to heat up the normally routine observations both sides play in Istanbul.
Ikea Weaponry: Bond uses an ArmaLite AR-7 Explorer as a Sniper Rifle. It's only .22 calibre, but the ranges at which it's used this doesn't cause a problem.
Incredibly Obvious Tail: Justified because the British and Russian agents in Instanbul tail each other as a matter of course, and no secret is made of it.
Just Between You and Me: Bond actually works out SPECTRE's plan entirely by himself (once he's told it is SPECTRE, that is), but Red Grant is perfectly happy to fill in the details while he has him cornered at gunpoint.
Kansas City Shuffle: Kronsteen's plan works on British Intelligence believing it's a KGB trap and thinking they can outsmart the Soviets anyway.
Kneel Before Zod: Grant orders Bond to be on his knees when he has him at his mercy.
Make It Look Like an Accident: Grant disposes of Karim Bey and a Russian agent by making it look like they killed each other. Bond and Tatiana's death is supposed to look like a Murder Suicide, but (fortunately) the psychopathic Grant gets too caught up in making Bond beg for his life.
Mooks: The Bulgars for the KGB, the gypsies and Karim's sons for MI6, and black-clad vaguely Germanic mooks for SPECTRE.
Plunger Detonator: Karim Bey uses one to blow a hole in the floor of the Russian embassy so Bond and Tatiana can escape.
Pocket Protector: In the book, Bond takes Grant's bullet in his book; it still penetrates him, but not enough to disable him.
Product Placement: Of an interesting sort: Bond snipes Krilencu as the latter tries to escape by climbing from a hatch hidden inside the teeth of Anita Ekberg on a billboard for Call Me Bwana, a movie that Albert R. Broccoli produced.
Revised Ending: The original novel had Bond struck by Rosa Klebb's poison-stained stiletto and brought to what was his death until Ian Fleming wrote Dr. No (Where it was revealed that the people with him were able to keep him alive until a doctor could be summoned). The film has him survive and has Tatiana do away with Klebb, and ends with Bond and Tatiana riding triumphantly down Venice's Grand Canal. This was arguably for the better, to avoid a maudlin Downer Ending.
Besides which: Since Dr. No was the first Bond film, and M ordered Bond at the beginning of the film to replace his Beretta with the Walther PPK because of the Beretta jamming up on him (in an unseen incident that caused Bond to get injured), Bond didn't have the Beretta in the film version of From Russia With Love anyway.
Room Disservice: Rosa Klebb's last gambit to kill Bond and steal the code machine is to disguise herself as a hotel maid.
Serendipity Writes The Plot: Rosa Klebb was fighting James Bond using a poisoned shoe knife. The script called for her to be accidentally killed by her own weapon, but the director couldn't figure out a way to film it that didn't look ridiculous. Then someone realized that a) there was a gun on the floor from when Bond had disarmed Klebb and b) the heroine, who had been an enemy agent recruited by Klebb before falling in love with Bond, was just standing there watching the fight. So the director changed the script to have the heroine pick up the gun, and after some hesitation, shoot Klebb.
Serious Business: In the novel Kronsteen endangers his life by ignoring a message from the head of Smersh to meet at once, because he has to finish a chess tournament. He justifies his action by claiming security considerations — his fans are as dedicated to the game as he is, and would realise he'd only forfeit the match if he was summoned by a powerful government figure.
Shoe Phone: This film is the first to have gadgets, although they are rather mundane compared to later versions. Specifically, the tear-gas bomb disguised as a tin of talcum powder, and Rosa Klebb's shoe-dagger. Grant has a wire garotte hidden inside his watch (in the novel it was a silenced gun inside a Doorstopper book).
Surprise Checkmate: The Chessmaster Kronsteen doesn't quite manage checkmate, but his opponent has his king pinned down to a single square. He sees that it's hopeless and surrenders.
Swarm of Rats: Appears as Bond escapes from the embassy in the sewers.
Title Drop: Bond writes "From Russia, with love" on the photo of Tatiana that he gives to Moneypenny.
The title is also heard in the song 'From Russia With Love' (sung by Matt Munro) which can be heard playing on the radio when Bond first appears in the film.
Tranquil Fury: Bond's reaction to the death of Kerim Bey. Notable in the fact that it is one of the few times we ever see Bond mad at all.
Unbuilt Trope: The film was made before the conventions of the series had become rote, and as such has a very different feel to later Bond films. The big Trope Codifier for the Bond films was the next film: Goldfinger.
Tatiana: Behave yourself, James! We're being filmed...
Villainous Breakdown: Rosa Kleeb, who was mostly calm throughout the movie, is a desperate wreck when she fights Bond. Justified in that if she fails to kill Bond and get the Lektor, she'll end up like Kronsteen.
Villainous Rescue: A knife-wielding Bulgar charges up behind Bond, only to be shot dead by Grant who's watching from a distance.
When Harry Met Svetlana: One of the earliest and best-loved examples, and likely Trope Codifier. Bond goes in to exfiltrate a beautiful Russian crypto tech who wants to defect with a code machine.
Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Averted (or rather, unbuilt): Bond's gear is nothing like as outlandish as it would become in later films. The most "gadgety" equipment he has is the suitcase, containing hidden strips of gold coins, a knife, a disassembled rifle that (except for the too-small infrared sight) is available commercially, a Suicide Pill (In the novel, though Bond flushed it immediately) and a tear gas booby trap, all of which are multipurpose and could be used in nearly any mission, not just one specially written for the gadget.
Would Not Hit a Girl: Averted: Bond is very willing to hit Tatiana when he thinks she has something to do with the death of Kerim Bay.
You Have Failed Me: Kronsteen, who ends up becoming the first henchman killed by his boss of the series.
The use of this trope started out more as a subversion as it was made to look like Rosa Klebb was to be executed for her failure. Even more so, her tone made it sound like she was ready to pay the price for her failure.
You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Stated by Red Grant to Bond on the train. The only reason SPECTRE kept Bond alive up to that point was for him to get the Lektor, and with it within their grasp, Bond and Tatiana are now expendable (That and the fact that the half the point of the mission was to kill Bond in a way that would embarrass MI6, which Grant was now set up to do). Unfortunately for SPECTRE, things don't go as planned.